Decline of Child Welfare Spending

Posted by Child Trends on October 20, 2014

Decline of Child Welfare Spending

For the first time in nearly 20 years, total spending on child welfare on the federal, state and local level is declining. Federal, State, and Local Spending to Address Child Abuse and Neglect in SFY 2012 summarizes key findings from a national survey of states’ child welfare expenditures. The survey of 49 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico found that child welfare agency expenditures from federal, state, and local sources decreased by eight percent between state fiscal years 2010 and 2012—representing the first decrease in spending that has been found since the survey began in 1996. In addition, federal spending on child welfare declined, and was found to be at its lowest level since the state fiscal year 1998 survey.

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